Welcome to another OddLearning post!
As a mom I want to share some tips and information that can help your toddler improve his Language Development.
First, from personal experience I want to tell you that there is plenty you can do to help your child, do not feel pressured by what he is “supposed” to be doing at a certain age, every child gets there, some just take a little longer but when then do you will be impressed how fast they catch up.
My son went from pointing at things and not saying a word, to explaining things in detail.
Now to the tips:
- Before you start talking with your child make sure you have his/her attention, kids learn the base of their vocabulary through their family, so before you speak make sure he/she is listening, that way they will learn sentences and not just words. Also, make pauses after speaking, this gives your child a chance to respond or repeat what you said, increasing their vocabulary.
- When your child calls to you to have a conversation, take the time to put your full attention even if it’s just a few minutes it can help motivate your child to use his/her vocabulary. As parents, we can be very busy, but remind yourself to do this as it can help improve their development.
- Encourage and acknowledge all their attempts to speak. You might not fully understand what they are saying but praising them for their efforts motivates them.
- Never stop adding to their vocabulary. Before children learn to talk they communicate by point at things, use this chance to tell them the words for them, even if you have to repeat it more than once. If possible give them a small definition, or use them in context that can be easy to understand like;
- This Milk comes from a Cow
- The leafs fall from the Tree
- I am tired, I think I need to sleep
- Where are your Shoes?
- Do you like (Food)?
- Teach them direction, when walking or any time you are moving explain to your child the direction you are taking. This helps their sense of direction as well, and you can turn this opportunity into a game to make the learning more fun.
- We are going left
- The bus will turn right
- The elevator is going up
- Give them clues and descriptions of things so they think and remember what they have learned, also giving them a chance to ask you back and start a conversation.
- Where is the red yummy fruit?
- Can you bring me what we use to brush our hair?
- Where is your round, bouncy toy?
- Explain categories, put a group of things together including one that does not belong and then proceed to explain why. (I will share the example a Therapist told me)
- “A shoe does not belong with an apple and an orange, because you can’t eat it; it is not round; it is not a fruit.”
- Play “House” with your child, exchange roles and encourage them to give instructions. When they play the role of the parent they will speak as they have heard from you, it can help you learn how they perceive you. (Improve your parenting in the process) 🙂
- Include your child in your daily activities:
- When you do the laundry you could explain how the machine works or why do you have to wash clothes.
- When cooking you could explain what ingredients and utensils you need.
- Talking about food, ask your child what they think of what they eat, the texture, the color, the smell. Then this will lead to learn what they like and dislike, emotions that are hard to describe or explain.
- As important as it is to teach them to share, we also need to teach them their boundaries and ours, Its alright to have things for themselves, teach them to identify who things belong to:
- “This belongs to (name)”
- “This is yours, and it’s okay if you don’t want to share”
- Give your child two to three step directions, if he/she gets distracted on the way encourage him/her to remember what he/she was doing.
- ” Could you wash your hands, then bring the napkins to the table.”
- “Please finish your dinner, brush your teeth and then put on your Pajamas”
- Every Time you are outside describe what you both see, if you are shopping explain what things are and why you are there. (Don’t be afraid to start a conversation with your little one.)
- “We have to go to the store to buy milk, we don’t have anymore”
- “Look, they are selling Watermelons, we should buy one, but they are very heavy”
- “This bus will take us to the park, the one with many trees, do you remember?”
- Many have mixed feelings about letting young children using tablet or watch television, but used properly can be a very useful tool, ask your child what they are watching, make them guess what will happen, ask them to describe the emotions of the characters. But always make sure to check the programs they are watching, as there are many channels classified as age appropriate but you could be impressed by the amount of R-Rated shows they include.
I hope this tips and information help you to help your child with their Language development.
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